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Screenwriting Contest

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The contest closed for entries on October 10th, 2021. The winning screenwriter, Dorothy De Kok, was awarded the first prize of $500. Her FDSF Winner Laurel inspired filmmakers in South Africa to welcome her into their community. She is beginning to work on new material as a result, and we could not be more proud of her.


In addition, one finalist and one honorable mention have begun talks with Future Drifter Films for collaborative efforts involving their submitted works.


Our mission for the contest succeeded. We have discovered screenplays that will have a great impact for the change we would like to see in the world. Partnerships are blossoming, and we were able to give back to our community in the process.

A Future Drifter is an Original in search of their greater purpose. It is our belief that everyone has the capability of achieving greatness. 100% of the proceeds went towards the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles in the form of a donation to Safe Place for Youth.

Thanks to all those who entered into our contest. It was a supreme honor reading all of your scripts. (click the Film Freeway link below for more information.)

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Meet The Judges

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Robert Bella


An award-winning filmmaker, Robert Bella has written, produced, and directed numerous independent films including the cult-hit comedy Colin Fitz Lives!. Bella has worked as a writer/producer on the hit TV shows: The Rookie, Castle, and The Following. He has worked as an ADR Director with numerous actors, including Chevy Chase, Judi Dench, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Freddie Highmore, Harvey Keitel, William H. Macy, Christina Ricci and Jon Stewart.


He is a Founding Member of the Atlantic Theater Company and has served as Atlantic's Producing Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Executive Director of the Atlantic Acting School. Robert has taught classes in some of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world.


He has worked on over 100 plays as an actor, director, writer or producer.

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Ethan Frank

Contest Director / Judge

Ethan Frank's acting credits include films Counting to Infinity, Across Dot Ave, 60 Miles South of Boston, Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town, and Frequent Flyers. He has starred in and produced many theatrical productions on various Off-Broadway stages in New York City and in the American Conservatory Theater's MFA Acting Program in San Francisco.

Ethan Frank wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a film called Collab that won him Best Director at the Up(st)art Awards. This production helped propel the careers of over 20 emerging creatives, and it's science fiction elements inspired the formation of Future Drifter Films.

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Anthony Robert Grasso


Anthony Robert Grasso is an award-winning actor and director. Acting credits include work on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Gotham and Dick Wolf’s FBI, USA The Sinner. He has worked with notable directors, such as M. Night Shyamalan. The films he has starred in have showcased at Sundance and other prestigious festivals.


As a actor/director, his works have screened in over 100 festivals worldwide and garnered 49 combined festival wins, including 3 Best Director wins and over 35 nominations.


View Anthony’s IMDb, to peruse his prolific repertoire of over 50 credits and 30 years of work in the entertainment industry.

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Mi Kwan Lock


Critically acclaimed, Mi Kwan has been the female lead in 6 feature films shot around the globe which have been featured in such festivals as Busan Int’l, Palm Springs Int’l, and Cannes SFC. Her performance in "A Korean in Paris" gained notice and introduced her to the international press, including Variety Magazine. She made her directorial, producer, and scriptwriter debut with the award-winning short film "Red Karma".


She hosted the 2015 Paris Shanghai Film Festival (France), was a member of the jury at the 3rd Film Festival of the Lagoons (Ivory Coast), and was president of the jury at Cinemator Film Festival of Carros (France) in 2015.

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Sean Mann


The Los Angeles-based actor, Sean Mann, has worked on television shows Westworld, Lucifer, Brooklyn ’99 and the BAFTA-nominated short film “Hurria”. On stage, he has performed with Cornbread Kitchen at Upright Citizens Brigade.


His directorial debut, “Sage,” recently won a People’s Choice Award in the 2020 Int’l MusicBed Re-Open Challenge.


Many other credits can be viewed here.

Script Reader

Olivia Cama

Emerson College '21

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